Golf: Johnson, Landry co-lead as cut looms for oth­ers

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4), 5-7, 6-3 to reach only his sec­ond ATP Tour fi­nal af­ter be­ing beaten by Dominic Thiem on clay in Nice last month.

The tour­na­ment will see an all-Ger­man fi­nal af­ter 192-ranked Flo­rian Mayer crushed world num­ber seven Thiem, 6-3, 6-4, in Satur­day’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal.

As Zverev bids for his maiden ca­reer ti­tle, Mayer plays his sixth fi­nal and first in nearly five years as he tar­gets a sec­ond ATP ti­tle af­ter Bucharest in Septem­ber 2011.

“It’s un­be­liev­able to get a win against Roger, es­pe­cially on grass,” said Zverev. “I played very good and served well once again. I think that helped me a lit­tle bit and I played well in the im­por­tant mo­ments. “It’s nice to get a win like that. It’s nice with that kind of match go­ing into Wim­ble­don and ob­vi­ously into the fi­nal here as well.

“Don’t for­get that that is a very big match for me as well. We’ll see what hap­pens to­mor­row num­ber one No­vak Djokovic, Fed­erer’s cur­rent level would un­likely see that run come to an end.

The 1.98m (6’6") Zverev is al­ready guar­an­teed to im­prove his ca­reer-high rank­ing in Mon­day’s new list to in­side the top 30.

He took the first set on a tie-break hav­ing lost just four points on serve and fir­ing 14 win­ners. Fed­erer earnt the first break of the match at 5-5 in the sec­ond with a sub­lime drop shot be­fore fin­ish­ing off the set with two ser­vice win­ners. But a back­hand er­ror from Fed­erer gave Zverev the cru­cial break in the sixth game of the de­cid­ing set.

Fed­erer was un­able to bat­tle back from there and he fails to reach the fi­nal in Halle for the first time in his last 11 at­tempts. Zverev fin­ished with 39 win­ners and eight aces while sav­ing six of seven break points, gain­ing re­venge for a de­feat to Fed­erer on the Rome clay last month. “It’s al­ways tough to play some­body the first time,” Zverev added.—APP OAKMONT, United States—Ja­son Day and Phil Mick­el­son both bat­tled hard to stay in the hunt at the US Open Satur­day, firstly try­ing to duck un­der the cut mark to make it into the fi­nal two rounds.

In a tour­na­ment thrown out of kil­ter by vi­o­lent Thurs­day thun­der­storms at Oakmont, both came back out to con­clude their sec­ond rounds early in the day.

They would have to wait though to know for sure if they were safe as half the field had yet to com­plete their sec­ond 18 and play­ing con­di­tions were as good as they have been all week.

World num­ber one Day, look­ing to add to the PGA Cham­pi­onship he won last year, parred his way in for an en­cour­ag­ing 69 that left him at five-over par.

“I’m hop­ing that it gets re­ally hot to­day and starts bak­ing ev­ery­thing out. And then hope­fully play is hard for ev­ery­one and hope­fully I can claw my way back into this tour­na­ment,” the Aus­tralian said.

Mick­el­son, a five-time ma­jor win­ner, seek­ing to be­come just the sixth player to have won all four Grand Slam ti­tles af­ter a record six run­ner-up fin­ishes at the US Open, had to set­tle for a 73 that put him smack on the early pro­jected cut mark of seven-over.

“Hope­fully, I’ll make the cut. I be­lieve that I will,” 46-year-old Mick­el­son said.

“If so and I have an op­por­tu­nity, you just never know on this golf course. We’ve seen low scores. I don’t feel like I have to search for any­thing on the range. I feel like my game is there, but my scor­ing hasn’t been what I want the first two days.”

The club­house lead was held by bighit­ting Amer­i­can Dustin Johnson who added a 69 late Fri­day to an opener of 67 to stand at four un­der.

Two strokes fur­ther back were Amer­i­can Scott Piercy and Spa­niard Ser­gio Gar­cia, who both had 70s.

Three play­ers were grouped at one un­der — Daniel Sum­mer­hays, who carded an im­pres­sive 65 late Fri­day, plus Eng­land’s Andy Sul­li­van and US vet­eran Jim Furyk, who both signed for 68s.

Among those head­ing out to play their sec­ond rounds, hav­ing had a day of rest were first-round leader An­drew Landry, who opened with a 66, English vet­eran Lee West­wood (67) and Ir­ish­man Shane Lowry (68).Landry, the world num­ber 624, started with four straight pars to stay level with Johnson.— AFP

Roger Fed­erer of Switzer­land re­acts af­ter the ATP tour ten­nis match against Alexan­der Zverev of Ger­many in Halle, western Ger­many on Satur­day.

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